Leigh Stanger wins the Club Championship 2012

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The day started early with the first group playing at 07:45 and continued to run till 10:00 with 54 of the clubs finest competitors. The sun was shining and the course was in perfect condition. Last year’s champion Steve Frost was not playing and last year’s runner up Daniel Haymes was now the favourite to win after 2 previous years as bridesmaid, was today the day he would be crowned champion?

After 18 holes an unexpected Robbie Hindle held the lead with a 74, leading by 1 stroke from Leigh Stanger with Daniel Haymes and a group of juniors 2 back on 76. The championship was still all to play for.

The final round got underway with the Godfrey Elliott bowl also on the line, the handicap version of this great event, this was being lead by a young Tyler Holly with a fine 67 net.  

After all cards had been returned and the totals calculated, Jim Airth won the Godfrey Elliott Trophy with a total of 140 after a count back on back 18 with Bob Dilkes.

 

Leigh and Bob Dilkes had tied on 152. The club championship had encountered a tie for the first time in 5 years.   A sudden death play- off commenced at 19.15 from the first tee, the assembled crowd waited.

Bob won the toss and elected to play first hitting a fine drive onto the fairway, Leigh followed with a poor effort into the left hand rough. After a short time the ball was located and left Leigh no alternative but to chip out sideways.  Bob then hit his approach into the greenside bunker. Leigh playing from the light rough missed the green right and found a tough lie. Leigh played a well struck pitch put that ran on 15ft. It was now Bob’s championship to lose. After a poorly played bunker shot Bob had failed to get from the bunker. Then played safe to 20 ft. Bob putted short and holed out for a 6. Leigh then lining his ball up to hole had a putt from 15ft to win his first championship.

A perfectly struck putt saw the ball hit the middle of the hole and the rest is history.

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